[Pnews] Mumia Abu Jamal Update - what you can do today!

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Mon Apr 6 10:20:15 EDT 2015


*This morning, Monday April 6th, another visit with Mumia will be 
attempted so that his family and supporters can check on his 
condition. Mumia was visited on Friday and he is still in medical 
danger.* His blood sugar levels are not stable, shooting up to 300 at 
one point on Friday, he had to be taken to the visiting room in a wheel 
chair, he has lost substantial weight, and has other symptoms that 
require specialized diagnostic and treatment care that is not available 
at the prison infirmary.

Let us be clear:  The prison is enacting arbitrary and capricious rule 
changes each time folks call or visit.  Yet, the pattern is not in the 
direction of access and care.  In fact the prison is limiting 
communication and preventing a treatment plan from being put in place. 
Rise up for Mumia. Take Action Now. Call, Rally, and Demand he receive 
care. **

Noelle Hanrahan, Prison Radio
*bit.ly/rise4mumia*


    *National Call in Day
    Today April 6th (see *numbers below)

*Rally **April 6th Monday **11am *
/PA Department of Corrections, 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA/


    **

*Action Alert: Demand that Mumia see a diabetes specialist*

On Monday, March 30, Mumia Abu-Jamal lost consciousness at the State 
Correctional Institution (SCI) Mahanoy and had to be rushed to the 
hospital. He was admitted with a blood sugar level of 779, suffering 
from diabetic shock, and a dangerously high sodium level of 160. His 
wife, Wadiya Jamal and son Jamal Hart were informed by doctors that he 
has new onset diabetes, and that on arrival his kidneys were abnormal 
and he had a high sodium level that risked brain damage. This medical 
emergency followed several months of health problems, including elevated 
glucose levels, that were not adequately addressed by prison health care 
staff, resulting in a rapid deterioration in his condition with 
near-fatal consequences.

After being held incommunicado for approximately 24 hours, family 
members were permitted to visit on Tuesday and Wednesday in response to 
an international outcry. On Wednesday, April 1, Mumia was transported 
back to the prison infirmary despite not ever seeing a diabetes 
specialist and without a diagnosis of the cause of his diabetic shock, 
or a treatment plan.

Mumia was visited on Friday and he is still in medical danger. His blood 
sugar levels are not stable, shooting up to 300 at one point on Friday, 
he had to be taken to the visiting room in a wheel chair, he has lost 
substantial weight, and has other symptoms that require specialized 
diagnostic and treatment care that is not available at the prison infirmary.

Mumia must see a diabetes specialist (endocrinologist) in order to be 
properly diagnosed and provided with an individual treatment plan 
specific to him. Prison officials have a constitutional obligation to 
treat serious medical needs, and that includes providing specialist care 
when it is medically indicated. Newly onset diabetes with fluctuating 
blood sugar levels and a range of potentially related health problems 
requires specialist care.

Inadequate treatment of diabetes is deadly and can lead to loss of 
kidney function, nerve neuropathy and amputation of feet and hands.

Take action now – demand that the Department of Corrections permit Mumia 
to have a diabetes specialist of his choosing:

Call:

SCI Mahanoy
Superintendent John Kerestes
(570) 773-2158 <tel:%28570%29%20773-2158>

SCI Mahanoy
Chief Health Care Administrator Steinhardt
(570) 773-2158 <tel:%28570%29%20773-2158>

Christopher Opppman
Director, PA Department of Corrections Health Care Services
(717) 728-5309 <tel:%28717%29%20728-5309>

John Wetzel
Secretary, PA Department of Corrections
(717) 728-4109 <tel:%28717%29%20728-4109>

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